It is less than a week until the release of ‘Words w/ Friends Vol II’, a night of spoken word poetry and digital music in Norwich. You are probably wondering who the man in the moody image above is, and why you’re reading and article about him. Well, we found him at Norwich’s Poetry Collective and naturally we were desperate to have him involved in the project. He is a spoken word poet with outstanding capabilities, but also a very busy human being. Unlike most of our other poets who submitted their work through our Call For Trailblazers, Mavericks and Poets! we bothered Piers until he agreed to free up some time for us. so I bet you wanna know why we love him so much.
Piers Harrison-Reid is a Norwich based Accident and Emergency Nurse, and a far too occasional performance poet.
Having moved from Sheffield to grow up on the sleepy side of Suffolk, he began to write intensely personal performance pieces inspired by the wordplay and flow of hip-hop, and the passion of punk. Channelling these influences through his combined love of Slam and Beat poetry, he tried to define his conflicted feelings about modern humanity, politics, and academia during this college education. Luckily, other people felt the same way, and having supported Buddy Wakefield, Scroobius Pip, Dean Atta, and The Dead Poets, as well as performing at Bestival, Latitude and a multitude of folk and boutique festivals, he has brought his dense narratives to a wider audience than he ever expected.
A frequent performer at poetry events around Norwich during his 3 year Nursing Bsc, his self-reflective and cathartic poems now tell the stories of life, love and loss of the people he meets in the hospital, whilst intrinsically acknowledging the toll healthcare professionals take. He aims to focus on the raw nuances of humanity, laid bare on what may be the worst and best times of their lives, and to educate about the current state of the NHS, how poorly we are taking care of our loved ones, and those that care for them.
‘He is not angry, he’s just disappointed.’
Piers is such a talent that we are humbled to have him involved in the project, having worked with him in the studio last week, I can tell you that his piece is going to blow your mind. We can’t wait to show you what we have created with all of the spoken word artists involved in the project. Be sure not to miss the “Words w/ Friends Vol II” launch event its going to be absolutely insane. And keep your eyes peeled for the online release over on the BP-THK facebook page.
Stay safe out there,